When you're down there fishing for those rippa bococheos stop drinking the water!It's detrificial unless your fishing for those Pedroid RF at the outlet of the LA River. If you hook one of those rippa bococheos hopped up from constant exposure to ddt, pcb, pcb and meth speedball residue washing down..a 2 speed ca be benemental.
Take it out if you already have it. There is no shame in it. You wish you had one when you need it. What you do is keep it in high gear and then switch to the low gear. You will notice that its a lot easier to wind and less stress on your back. The negative is that it would take twice as many winds to get it to the top. When I had my 2 speed setup before I got my Fathom Levelwind, I would keep it in high gear until a large fish hooks up or if there is strong current and you need at least a pound of weight to keep setup on the bottom.Thankyou guys for the reply's. from what I gathered there is no inherent downside from using a 2 speed besides the start up cost of buying one and some trouble with using the lever drag and by being judged by the other people on the boat. The plus side of using one seems to be that the fight off the bottom will be easier, and when I get hooked on some larger white fish, lingcod, etc... it will help in the fight. Correct me if im wrong on my assessment, but based on what you all posted I'm gonna take out my two speed on the next trip because to me the pros out weigh the cons and since I already own one there is no added expense in using it. I'm panning on bring the Torium too so after that trip is over ill post a specific compare and contrast on the two set ups